Your ink should say a lot about who you are. Stand out from the crowd with custom tattoos from Extreme Expressions in Waynesboro, VA. We have a selection of tattoos you can choose from or bring in your design. We also work on covering up tattoos that you no longer want to highlight. We will do everything we can to meet and exceed your expectations. Stop by today for a consultation. We will handle everything from design development, procedure and healing.

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Remember a tattoo is basically an open wound and must be protected.
  • Leave bandage on a maximum of 1-2 hours to prevent airborne bacteria from invading the tattoo.
  • Remove the bandage and gently wash the ointment off the tattoo using anti-bacterial soap and lukewarm water and thoroughly clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. It is best to use just your hand.
  • Pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a clean cloth or paper towel to get it completely dry.
  • Apply a light application of ointment. (Do not use Neosporin).
  • Work ointment into tattoo and blot with a dry paper towel to remove excess ointment. Do this at least twice a day for two or three days.
  • Continue the process of keeping the area clean. Use lotion when needed instead of ointment to keep skin soft and healing.
  • Remember the tattooed skin needs air to heal so let it breathe. Use the lotion sparingly.
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After a few days of care, you will notice that there might be some peeling or scabbing of the tattoo. Itching can also occur. Do not scratch or pick at it. Slapping it lightly may help relieve the itch. If the tattoo starts to peel use lotion more often, if it scabs, please leave it alone.

Once your tattoo has healed you will need to continue caring for it. Protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can fade and damage a tattoo by using a high SPF sunblock.

If you notice gaps in lines of the tattoo or would like a touch-up please wait two weeks before coming back. Extreme Expressions will gladly fill in those lines and touch up your tattoo. If you have any serious concerns or have any other questions, please call us at 540-942-9128 or send us an email to

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